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NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 12TH...

1. Producers Channel Video of the Week: Michael Seitzman's Rules For Pitching - YouTube
2. Producers Mixer at SIFF 2019
3. Producer Survival Guide for the Writer/Agency Standoff
4.
CSATTF Safety Pass Program Courses Now Available To PGA Members!
5. Follow the PGA on LinkedIn!
6. PGA Member Resource Library Now Open
7. PGA Policies: Logos & Committees
8. Be a Producers Mark Advocate
9. Search Fellow Members on the Job Board
10. Printable Temporary Membership Cards Available
11. Job Email Notifications Available
12. PGA Members Get Great Discounts for Software, Tiffany, Hotels and More
13. New Industry Discounts & Invites


1.  

PGA VIDEO OF THE WEEKMICHAEL SEITZMAN'S RULES FOR PITCHING - YOUTUBE

Michael Seitzman discusses his "rules for pitching" during the 2018 Produced By Conference session THE ART AND CRAFT OF PITCHING sponsored by VER. Times may change, but the pitch remains the critical component of Hollywood salesmanship, your first—and sometimes only—opportunity for your idea to sink or swim. As we have in years past—this session remains one of our PBC’s most popular—we are excited to provide attendees an extraordinary opportunity to refine their pitching skills with help from some of the most seasoned pros in the business.


 
2.

PRODUCERS MIXER AT SIFF 2019


PGA will host a networking reception during the 2019 Shanghai International Film Festival. The event is co-sponsored by ARRI and PIXOMONDO.  6:30 - 9  pm, Monday,  June 17th 2019 at Azul Tapas Lounge in Shanghai.  Please register by email: rsvp@studiostrada.com before June 12th.


3.
 
PRODUCER SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE WRITER//AGENCY STANDOFF

With the ATA (Association of Talent Agents) and the WGA (Writers Guild of America) deep in a legal battle, how can producers survive the conflict and perhaps even win? While there are no easy answers, here are three scenarios that could help you navigate the muddy waters.  

1) You've got a book under option and need a writer to adapt it. Your option time is ticking away. You can't wait for the WGA and the ATA to resolve their issues. What do you do? You can talk to managers who are still working actively to represent their writers. Also, the Writers Guild has a number of ways to pursue writers through their website using the link https://directories.wga.org/, which will allow you to contact a specific writer directly or help you with manager information. The WGA is also issuing weekly memos of available specs and pitches to producers and development execs via a subscription email. Additionally, you can write to "writeravail@wga.org" to find out a specific writer's availability. 

2) You just got a call from a network and they want to revive a series they developed with you a few years ago and put into turnaround. The writer’s agent at one of the major agencies partially negotiated both the writer and your new deal terms. Then came the April WGA vote for writers to fire their agents. But when asked, the agent begrudgingly agreed to call the network for the next steps in the deal, which is allowable, as any deal started prior to the vote may be finalized by the agent. That said, there's a distinct lack of enthusiasm and incentive. What are your options? You could hire a lawyer or manager or find a manager who would step in at this stage. Either way, it leaves three questions to be answered once the WGA/ATA situation is settled: a) Will the agency still get a packaging fee? b) Will the agency still require the 10% commission they expected when they started the negotiation? c) Or will there be an agreement to split commissions once everything is settled? It always helps to focus on the good news: The network wants your series!

3) You’ve got a great piece of IP and a big writer attached to pitch a TV series. Your writer is repped at one of the big “packaging” agencies, and this package seems like a slam dunk. But suddenly there are no agents involved, and you as a producer don’t have the breadth and depth of TV relationships that the agents do. Where do you go from here? Well, one producer who was recently in this exact position simply started targeting the right partners and buyers for the project and began cold calling and cold-emailing. And to her welcome surprise, most executives responded to her approach and were sympathetic to the current landscape in which agents have been sidelined.   

So keep those producer thinking caps on and don’t give up. There’s a way to ensure the plot of this story leads to a happy ending.


4.
 
CSATTF SAFETY PASS PROGRAM COURSES AVAILABLE TO PGA MEMBERS!

As a way to reinforce the PGA's commitment to creating a safe production environment and to empower producers with knowledge, online general production safety courses offered by the Contract Services Administration Training Trust Fund (CSATTF) are now available available to members. The classes have been developed for Contract Services as part of their Safety Pass program as a result of the collective bargaining agreement between the IATSE and the AMPTP (aka the "major studios").

You don't know what you don't know. But what you do know could save a life. Production safety isn't a scary "hot button" topic. Much of it is based in common sense. The classes being offered will reinforce ways you can protect your team and allow you to produce a project with confidence knowing that you have mitigated its risks. The entertainment business isn't tasked with saving lives, but it shouldn't be cause for losing them.

It is your responsibility as a producer to provide a safe work environment for your crew and cast. You owe it to your team, your project, and yourself to maintain a hazard-free production. When you are making your project, #makeitsafe.

Members can now purchase up to four (4) currently available online courses through the Guild's website. Use the links below to make a direct purchase or view additional details on how the online courses work.

Safety Pass Program Courses

General Safety Training/Injury & Illness Prevention Program (A)
This course explains safety orientation, employee/employer rights and responsibilities, hazard communications, use of personal protection equipment, proper lifting techniques, emergency action procedures, and general production safety procedures.
Cost: $8.08
Purchase this course »

Environmental Safety (A2)
This course covers studio/location safety, heat illness, severe weather, disaster/emergency response, environmental awareness, transportation of dangerous goods, electrical safety, and workplace cleanliness.
Cost: $19.36
Purchase this course »

Harassment Prevention 2 (HP2)
This course will assist individuals in identifying behaviors that create or contribute to unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. It also offers information on how to assist in preventing and responding to incidents of harassment in the workplace.
Cost: $13.57
Purchase this course »

Hazard Communication (P)
This course explains how to access information in order to reduce or eliminate the chance of injury or illness when using, handling, storing, or disposing of hazardous substances. Topics include the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), classification of hazards, container labeling, and safety data sheets.
Cost: $19.36
Purchase this course »

For further production safety information, please consult the PGA Safety Initiative page and this article, "Make It Safe - The PGA Is Giving You The Tools To 'Protect Your Team'," from the April/May 2018 issue of Produced By magazine.

About Contract Services

For over 50 years, Contract Services (csatf.org) has partnered with producers, guilds, unions, and employees to carry out the vital behind-the-scenes tasks that help keep the motion picture and television industry working smoothly, safely, and efficiently. Since 2003, over one million hours of training have been conducted through Contract Services' Safety Pass program, which covers a wide array of industry-specific topics for a freelance workforce of over 45,000.

The Safety Pass Program was conceived by the Motion Picture and Television Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee as a means of addressing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's ("OSHA") requirements that employees be trained in the safe use of equipment and work practices on their job. Because of the freelance nature of many motion picture and television assignments, the Safety Pass Program provides valuable assistance in meeting the training needs of the industry by providing industry-wide general safety training, thus allowing producers to concentrate on site-specific training for the work at hand.


FOLLOW THE PGA ON LINKEDIN!

The PGA's presence on LinkedIn is heating up.  Do you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube?  Make you sure you follow us on LinkedIn too, click today.
https://www.linkedin.com/company/producers-guild-of-america


6.

MEMBER RESOURCE LIBRARY AVAILABLE!


Dear PGA Member,

The AP Council is proud to announce the new MEMBER RESOURCE LIBRARY, which offers examples from members of contracts, agreements, releases and general production paperwork for working producers in film, television and new media.  

There will be ongoing additions to the Library. If you have documents that you would like to contribute, we encourage you to upload them directly onto the Library page. However, only locked PDFs may be uploaded to the Library (editable word documents are automatically subject to removal by the PGA). Additionally, please be sure to remove any personal, business and/or financial information so that the document is generic before posting. *Please note: Your review of and postings to the Member Resource Library are subject to the PGA Disclaimer below.

* PGA DISCLAIMER: The posted content, links, and related commentary in the Member Resource Library are not reviewed or endorsed by the Producer’s Guild of America or any of its affiliates (collectively "PGA”), nor is anything posted herein a substitute for professional business or legal advice. Members are posting this content for informational/educational purposes only. The PGA makes no representation or warranty regarding the accurateness, completeness, or legality of the information posted. Reference in the Member Resource Library to any specific commercial products or services, or the use of any business name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute an endorsement, recommendation, or preference by the PGA, or its employees or agents. Accordingly, you agree that the PGA takes no responsibility for, and does not assume any liability for, any user content submitted, any damages that may result, or any user or third party action(s) taken based upon such content.

The PGA requires that members provide confidential or proprietary content only in a password-protected document. If you ignore this warning and convey confidential or proprietary information in a message, comment, or link, the PGA has no duty to keep that information confidential. The PGA does not routinely monitor the content posted in the Member Resource Library, but the PGA and its designees reserve the right to monitor, restrict access to, edit, or remove any content that is available via the page at any time.
Only locked PDFs may be uploaded to the Member Resource Library.  Editable word documents are automatically subject to removal by the PGA.
We hope that this new page is helpful! 

Link to the Library: http://www.producersguild.org/default.asp?page=Contracts_library

7.

PGA POLICIES: LOGOS & COMMITTEES

We ask our members to please take note of the Producers Guild’s official policy regarding its logo. Please correct any improper personal usage of the PGA logo; if you see the logo being used improperly elsewhere, please refer the relevant individual to this page and (if necessary) PGA staff. We recognize that the vast majority of improper usage arises from an innocent desire to promote the user’s membership in the Guild. Obviously, we wish our members to be proud of their PGA membership and to advertise themselves as members. But the unregulated use of the PGA logo—especially in the digital age—carries risks. As such, in our efforts to maintain and preserve the integrity of the PGA brand, the Guild expects its members to adhere to the following policy:

• Although we strongly encourage and approve members’ indicating their PGA membership within the body of their resumes, the PGA logo may not be used or inscribed on member resumes.

• The PGA logo may not be included on members’ business cards, except insofar as such cards are provided to the member by the PGA office for Guild-specific business purposes.

• Members may not append the PGA logo to personal correspondence, particularly email correspondence. The Guild recognizes one exception to this policy: Officers serving on the National Board of Directors (PGA President, Council and Regional Vice Presidents, Treasurer and Secretary of Record) are permitted to utilize the PGA logo on correspondence.

• The use of the PGA logo on Guild-related promotional materials is permitted, but only when so authorized by a director-level member of the PGA staff. Director of Member Benefits Kyle Katz should be the primary point of approval for such usage.

This message and policy is also posted on the Producers Guild website under Member Resources.

Furthermore, a brief message regarding Producers Guild Committees: The designation of "Committee” is applied and approved only by the Guild’s National Board of Directors. A group of members (either formal or informal) that has not received this official Board approval may not call itself a PGA Committee. For an official list of all Board-approved Committees, please refer to this page. If you are a member or Chair of a "Committee” not on this list, please consult with Supervisor of Communications Chris Green to help determine a proper designation or title for your group.



8.

BE A PRODUCERS MARK ADVOCATE

PGA Members, help advocate the Producers Mark! Use the Twitter hashtags #producersmark and #pga and follow us @ProducersGuild.

Learn more about the Producers Mark at ProducersMark.com and this blog post.

9.

YOU CAN SEARCH FELLOW MEMBERS ON THE JOB BOARD!

After logging in, you can now click the "Find Members" navigation button to browse, search, and even message fellow members.

You can even filter by things like Job Expertise and Location Experience; by the same criteria that you can indicate on your own Employer Search Preferences page.

Stay tuned as we stay committed to improving the Job Board.

Jobs.ProducersGuild.org



10.

PRINTABLE TEMPORARY MEMBERSHIP CARDS AVAILABLE!

If your membership card is expired, lost, or missing and your new card/renewal sticker has yet to arrive, you can now print out a temporary card.

To print your card, sign in to your online account on the PGA site. Then go to this link - https://www.producersguild.org/members/MembershipCard.aspx - and click the Print button.

The temporary card includes your name, ID number, 'valid through' date, and profile headshot (if you've uploaded one).

This printable membership card is only intended for short-term use as needed until your replacement card/renewal sticker arrives as part of the next monthly mailing.



11.

JOB EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS AVAILABLE!

The Producers Guild has heard your requests and is happy to announce the inclusion of Job-Seeker Email Notifications for the new Job Board.

Under the "Your Info & Availability" section there is a new page titled "Notification Preferences" where you can select the appropriate Job Categories and Job Titles.

For any new job board listing that contains any Job Category OR Job Title you select, you will be sent an email notification of the posting. Email notifications will be sent out Monday through Friday at 5:00pm PT.

To report any difficulties or bugs, please email jobs@producersguild.org.


12.

PGA MEMBERS GET GREAT DISCOUNTS!

Did you know that PGA members are offered discounts at a variety of businesses including hotels across the United States, a host of stores including Tiffany & Co. and much more?

To find out more see the entire listing below under "Industry Invites and Discounts" or log in to the PGA website. Under "Member Central" in the top navigation, click on "Benefits". At the top of the Benefits page, select "Discounts & Special Offers” from the "More in this Section” drop-down menu.

Or just click here!



13.

INDUSTRY INVITES AND DISCOUNTS

PGA SPONSOR DELTA AIRLINES OFFERS PGA MEMBERS NEW BENEFITS!

There is no cost to enroll, and flyers continue to earn their miles in the SkyMiles® program even as they help the production company earn SkyBonus points.

Take advantage of the special SkyBonus for Film & TV enrollment bonuses:

  • 45,000 bonus points when you sign up and fly within the first 60 days
  • Earn and redeem on Delta, Air France, KLM, Alitalia and Virgin Atlantic flights
  • Enjoy Silver Medallion® status upgrades or equivalent tier status matching from other carriers with qualifying credentials
  • Access to preferred seat assignments from select booking classes
  • Eligible for reduced baggage fees (Media Bags)
  • Must have Tax ID and a valid US street address.

For more information, please contact sevan.leipziger@delta.com


NATPE OFFERING PGA MEMBERS 40% DISCOUNT

As the industry’s authoritative voice of content, NATPE presents STREAMING PLUS – the preeminent exchange where streamers will shape and define the future of video content programming + distribution. This must-attend, full day event navigates the market-wide disruption by delivering thought leaders from major and emerging platforms who will provide the competitive advantages necessary to grow and succeed.

NATPE is offering a 40% discount to PGA members for the upcoming NATPE Streaming+ on July 30, 2019.  Badges are $495 at full price.  The discount is available until July 5, 2019 with code STREAMINGPGA.  PGA members can register here: https://www.natpe.com/streamingplus/register/


PREFERRED HOTELS & RESORTS 15% - 20% DISCOUNT PROGRAM FOR PGA MEMBERS

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is pleased to offer the Producers Guild of America members and affiliates with discounted rates in top production cities.

This collection of independent luxury hotels is offering the Producers Guild of America a 20% discount off of best available rates (based on availability) and complimentary wireless internet access.

Discounted rates are valid through December 31, 2019.

To book, visit the link below:
https://preferredhotels.com/private-offers/producers-guild-of-america-discount-offer

See below for Preferred Hotels & Resorts Offering 15% Discounts...

PREFERRED HOTELS & RESORTS 
CORPORATE RATE CHAIN DISCOUNT - PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is pleased to offer the Producers Guild of America members and affiliates with access to the Corporate Rate Chain Discount.

This chain wide program offers a minimum of 15% off best available rates at nearly 400 participating hotels globally.  Discounted rates are subject to availability.

Additional benefits are available to I Prefer members, such as complimentary wireless Internet access.  
To join the I Prefer guest loyalty program and earn points toward room redemption rewards, please visit https://preferredhotels.com/iprefer to enroll.

To book the chain discount, visit the link below and search by your destination of choice:
https://preferredhotels.com/private-offers/corporate-rate-chain-program

When prompted, enter this booking code in the Corporate/Promotion field:
PHR3P5GA2


GREAT INFORMATION ABOUT FREE INITIATIVES FOR ANYONE IN THE INDUSTRY FROM THE ACTOR'S FUND

Actor's Fund Career Services:

- Career Center Orientation.  Mondays in Los Angeles and Thursdays in Burbank.
http://www.producersguild.org/resource/resmgr/articles_2017/AF_CareerCenterOrientation_B.pdf

- Career Center Weekly Workshops.
http://www.producersguild.org/resource/resmgr/articles_2017/AF_Weekly_Workshops_2017LosA.pdf

- Boomer Boot Camp & Over 50 Crowd.  April 3 - May 22.  
http://www.producersguild.org/resource/resmgr/articles_2017/AF_Boomer_Boot_Camp_-_Spring.pdf

- Social Services: Groups and Workshops
ttp://www.producersguild.org/resource/resmgr/articles_2017/AF_Social_Services_Flyer.pdf

- Strategies for Fighting Depression & Anxiety - a free and confidential group.
http://www.producersguild.org/resource/resmgr/articles_2017/AF_Strategies_for_Fighting_D.pdf



PGA MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT ON FINAL DRAFT

Final Draft, A Cast & Crew Company, was founded in 1991 to develop a scriptwriting program that allows the writer to concentrate on the creative process and not on Hollywood’s stringent formatting rules. Since then, Final Draft has become the Hollywood professional’s choice and the world’s #1-selling scriptwriting program.

Final Draft is the software of choice of such industry giants as Aaron Sorkin, Vince Gilligan, J.J. Abrams and James Cameron, to name a few.

Television shows that use Final Draft include Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and Transparent. Feature films include Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Iron Man franchise and The Conjuring, to name a few.

Final Draft is the recipient of a Primetime Engineering Emmy® Award.

Discount for PGA Members:

Final Draft 10- $169 (retail $249)

Upgrade- $69 (retail $99)

Call 818-995-8995 to purchase at a discount using your PGA membership card. 



ZIPCAR: PGA MEMBERS RECEIVE 15% OFF DRIVING RATES & $35 OFF THE ANNUAL FEE!


Zipcar, the world’s largest car-sharing company with cars parked right in your city, is offering membership to all PGA members for just $25/year (normally $60) as well as discounted driving rates (15% off)! 


Rates include gas and insurance and with low overnight rates available. The Zipcar fleet has over 20 makes and models from Pick-up Trucks to help you move to MINI Coopers to get you to the beach.

Zipcar is like owning a car without any of the hassles and you can use Zipcars in any other city they are in (San Francisco, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle, Boston, Baltimore DC, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver and London) Plus we are located at 200+ Universities.

Already a Zipcar member? Want to take advantage of the discount?

No worries, we can switch your account over. To do this please contact members service at 866-494-7227 and asked to be added to the Producers Guild account.

Not a member? Add yourself to the account here: www.zipcar.com/pg.

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